I’m a lucky guy. The parade of products here in the shave den of this creaky old pirate ship is unstoppable. There seems to be a never-ending supply of soaps, creams, lotions, splashes, and definitely scents. Even narrowed down to one category, like bay rum, there is a seemingly endless range of variations. I feel a mixed emotion. I feel sad for the guy out there that never tried anything else because he likes the one product he uses. I also feel a bit of jealousy that he found something he loves so much that he doesn’t need to try anything else. But I think we can all agree that we feel nothing but pity for the guy who gets his lather out of a can. Yeah, it sucked being that guy.
Well, where was I. Oh yes! I’m a lucky guy. Why? Because I have yet another bay rum shaving soap to review! Today, and actually for the last few days, I shaved with Elvado’s MoBay Rum Shaving Soap. Elvado’s soaps are certified vegan products made with no animal testing. So you won’t find any tallow here, gents. However, this is a quality product. I have been schooled lately on how non-tallow does not mean non-performance.
So lets just dive right in here. This soap comes in a nice 3.5″ plastic tub that makes it great for loading your brush. Not too big, not too small. Actually there’s no such thing as too big. But there is too small, and this ain’t it.
The scent is just wonderful. This is yet another new take on the bay rum scent. As I have said many times in several different reviews, bay rum is one of the best mediums to get inside the crafter’s head. There is no definitive bay rum scent, so it’s up to the guy sitting at the desk with beakers and test tubes, and little droppers full of essential oils to craft his (or her) definition of “bay rum”. And this one is great. It’s seductively spicy, and has a great lime top note. A classic lime top note jumps out to greet you and then introduces you to the rest of the lineup that is fairly reminiscent of what you would expect from a West Indies Bay Rum. It’s a great scent that carries through the entire shave and stays with you a little while longer.
The lather is one you would expect from a veggie soap. I have come to expect a certain consistency with veggie soaps, like a thick lemon meringue type of lather. Tallow soaps lean to more of a yogurt consistency. I like a balance between the two in general. So I have played around with this soap for a few shaves, and found that my best lather came from face-lathering with a boar brush. I tend to get an uber-thick application of lather that is far more cushioning than I get from my badger brush with this soap. As for slickness, there is no argument. This is a very slick soap, and when I get the lather right, I get great shaves. BBS. I did notice that the lather seems to be breaking down somewhat by my third pass, but comes back to life with a little refresher on the puck and some water. This is a thirsty soap, and water does it good.
I did find at the end of my 3-pass shaves that my sensitive skin was starting to tingle a bit. It’s most likely from the essential oils, because it is well-scented, and the ingredients are so good for your face. The good news for me was that I also have the aftershave, and this helped calm things down. I’ll save the AS for another review, as I think it is also a great product, deserving of it’s own entry here in the diaries.
- Scent – 4.5
- Lather Performance – 4
- Lather Life – 3.5
- Overall – 4